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City of College Place Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning

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City Of College Place    
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Within its Code of Ordinances, College Place, Washington has not integrated a separate section on Solar Access, but has defined it to mean “direct sunlight for the purpose of successfully operating a solar energy system.” The Zoning Ordinance outlines certain requirements for a planned unit development and allows for the maximum number of dwelling units permitted to be increased by 15 percent and an additional five percent for developments which incorporate street and lot orientation to maximize solar access; tree plantings selected to avoid winter shading of structures; solar access covenants; or use of solar water heaters, passive solar space heat or other conservation/solar features. College Place also does not allow the hearing examiner, after a public hearing on the variance request, to approve a variance request unless the variance approval is necessary in order to permit the installation of a solar energy system.